Embargoed for Release
Saturday, February 20, 2010
11:30 a.m. EST
Contact:
Ann C. Benner
301-594-4574

Media Advisory

Beyond the Health Care System: Addressing Complex Health Problems through Public Policy on Social/Environmental Factors

What: NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research organizes and sponsors a panel discussion, "Science in Motion: Addressing Complex Health Problems Through Upstream Solutions." Topics will include:
  • Recommendations from Beyond Health Care: New Directions to a Healthier America (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America)
  • How community-based, participatory research and systems science approaches can inform public policy
  • How science-informed policy can improve health and reduce health disparities
Who: Moderator: Paula Braveman, M.D., M.P.H., University of California, San Francisco

Speakers: Patricia L. Mabry, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health: Informing Health Policy Decision-Making with Community Level System Dynamics Modeling

Meredith Minkler, Dr.PH, University of California, Berkeley: Environmental Health Policy in Communities

James Sallis, Ph.D., Active Living Research, San Diego State University: Community Design, Physical Activity, Eating & Obesity: Evidence for Policy & Practice

Why: Half of all premature deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to behavioral factors such as smoking, poor diet, and physical inactivity.

"Where we live, learn, work and play can have a greater impact on how long and how well we live than medical care."

(Beyond Health Care: New Directions to a Healthier America)

When: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. PAC
Where: Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Diego Convention Center, Room 6E

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.

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